Large Hostess Gift Bag

On Friday I showed you a great, easy project to create a small and tall gift bag– perfect for a small bottle, pillar candle or lots of little goodies. I loved that gift bag, but admittedly it was a bit small for a regular bottle of wine, and since it was created from one full sheet of Designer Series Paper, how could I make it bigger? Well, there was the challenge! So, I had to figure it out!

Handmade gift bags using Designer Series Papers from Stampin' Up


How To Make This Large Gift Bag:

First off, this gift bag is going to need 2 and a half sheets of Designer Series Papers (12″x12″ size)- I used the Lemon Lime Twist colored Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Keep one sheet uncut, and cut the other two sheets in half- 6″x12″- you will be using 3 of these 4 cuts. You can use the leftover sheet to create some cards!

The bag was created larger than the original by adhering the 3 half sheets to the full sheet to create one larger sheet- so, take your Tear and Tape Adhesive and add a long strip to one side of the 12″x12″ sheet. Adhere one of the 6″x12″ sheets lengthwise, overlapping the edge about an inch.

Next, score your fold lines. This is where it will create a larger gift bag.

Score each fold at 4.25″– to make this easier with the long piece, I scored the first score line, folded it over and lined up the folded edge with the scoring tool to score the next line at 4.25″ again, and continued this for all the folds. Score the two 6″x12″ sheets as well, there will be larger sections ‘leftover’ but that’s okay.

Then, add a long strip of Tear and Tape Adhesive to the bottom of the large, now very long edge of the paper and add the next 6″x12″ sheet lining up the folds.

Now, this is where it gets tricky. You will need to fill a gap in the paper where we extended it, that’s where the next 6″x12″ piece comes in. You will want to add Tear and Tape Adhesive to the bottom edge of the added strip, and then add the last strip to the bottom of the large sheet overlapping the paper- I overlapped where the section was smaller to ensure I had two 4.25″ sections remaining- you can cut the overlap if you prefer but since it’s not going to show I didn’t worry about it.

Turn the large sheet 90 degrees to score the bottom foldthis will be scored at 4.25″ along the bottom edge so you will want to turn the sheet around to use the score tool, or just use a long ruler to guide your fold.

Use some scissors to cut the slits at the bottom- these will become the bottom of the bag. You can use some scissors to cut off the excess piece that will now be hanging over the edge of the large sheet of paper- as you can see I didn’t worry about it being the same size as the first sheet as it will be hidden. Add Tear and Tape Adhesive to the edges where the gift bag will be assembled.

Assemble the bag, peeling of the adhesive and creating the bag. I start with the long edge and then do the bottom sections.

Pinch the top of the bag just like we did for the small gift bag. For this version of the gift bag, I used a 1/2″ Circle Punch to punch two holes at the top of the bag for the ribbon to thread through. You may find the punch won’t punch through the 4 paper layers the folded top creates, so just press as hard as you can to create a mark with the punch, then go back and punch each layer individually following the marks you created as a guide.

Add your bottle of choice- this bag now fits a 750ml bottle and add some Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon and tie it. Add the tag, which was stamped with the Tags & Trimmings stamp set and punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. Tie the ribbon in a bow.

Note: Be careful carrying this bag! Although the adhesive and paper is sturdy, it may not fully hold a bottle of wine if carried from the top- always carry holding the bottom! Don’t want any spilled wine!

Stampin’ Up Stamps:

Tags & Trimmings stamp set, Painted Harvest Stamp Set (both from 2017 Holiday Catalogue)

Stampin’ Up Paper:

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper (for large gift bag), Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (for small gift bag), Whisper White cardstock

Stampin’ Up Ink:

Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Black (for large gift bag tag), Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango & Early Espresso (for the small gift bag tag)

Other Stampin’ Up Supplies and Tools:

Burlap Ribbon, Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon, 1/2″ circle punch, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, stapler, scissors


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